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American Horror Story: Coven III
American Horror Story: Coven III
Price: $22.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Had great expectations but this was just lame, May 2, 2014
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I loved AHS 2 and I think Jessica Lange is amazing in all 3 seasons and I especially was excited about the Coven episodes but it was a huge letdown. The first couple of episodes are good because as the viewer is introduced to the various witches and their distinct personalities and interests as well as the other characters. As usual with AHS, I loved the unexpected twists and turns, so I was never bored, but really it just got sillier and sillier as time went on and each episode more inconsistent than the last. One central theme concerns who will replace Jessica Lange's characters as the new "Supreme" witch and it was really hard to see that in any of them and the ending is ridiculous. I heard someone speculate that season 4 would be a continuation of Coven, well I hope not, and its too bad because the coven theme was a great idea but they really butchered it. If not for Jessica Lange (who was very good in Coven though great acting can't always make up for bad scripts), I would give this ONE star.


Old Order
Old Order
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good creepy short, January 2, 2014
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This was a good horror short story. Its about a scammer who pretends to be in search of work when he really is in search of valuables to steal. The author does a good job making the characters believable and adding some realism and atmosphere to the story.

I am not sure I fully understood the ending, I would have liked a little more text to describe what was happening and what is going on. But I enjoyed this work and will look for more from this author (actually I have read two other works from this author, one of which I loved and one of which I didn't like).


Lil Poe: Drug Kingpin
Lil Poe: Drug Kingpin
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3.0 out of 5 stars honest look at a drug dealer's life - okay writing style, January 2, 2014
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I don't know much about drugs or drug dealing and I thought this author seemed reasonably honest about his own story. The writing was better than I would have expected and I got a glimpse into his world and could see how/why kids get caught up in it. The story was much less violent that I expected and that made the character much more sympathetic and easy to relate. I could have been this guy if I was born in his shoes, even though I wouldn't have been as successful.


Reality Check (The Empire's Corps Book 7)
Reality Check (The Empire's Corps Book 7)
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay story but the recurring sermons were too much, December 22, 2013
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Story is about 4 teens from a futuristic Earth city who 'win' a chance to visit one of the 'other' worlds. Its not a young adult work as far as I can tell as some mature subjects/writing are involved. The author does a good job of describing the characters and his futuristic Earth (at least how it pertains for school kids). So I was okay with all that. And I thought it was interesting.

But I just couldn't handle all the sermons about how we should think for ourselves, and solve our own problems and not depend on the welfare of others, on and on. Especially because these sermons are launched against the world he created so why all the propaganda? And when he made the point that "bad" Earth had gotten rid of the guns while "good" Planet X believed in owning guns and defending one's property, then it just sounded too much like some kind of conservative agenda rant. Really? Earth is run by gangs who pillage and rape but they have gotten rid of their guns?

I stopped at 50%. Too much preaching father!


Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road
Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road
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9 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One star because it was so awful it made me laugh, December 20, 2013
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The one star is not because this book is filled with sexual violence, grotesque sexual acts and all deviant mixtures of that. I would be happy to never read about people getting aroused by eating vomit or defecating on another's face (oops spoiler alert), but that still would not be reason to give it one star. I read plenty of works by authors who make me squirm enough to skip past the paragraph which is giving me trouble and then I happily continue on the other side. This was not one of those, this was just stupid and stupid is okay when it is funny stupid. But this was not even that and that is not what made me laugh. What made me laugh is that the characters were so shallow and silly and the plot so contrived and then the chapter would change and they would announce a new author as if that is going to save the story and it would continue just as bad. Even the authors jump in at some point and ADMIT that the whole story needs saving. I will grant that this is the only interesting point of the story when the authors become characters in the story and try to direct their creations. The fact that this was a relief to me shows you how bad it was.

Okay, its like a porno, you know, so I walk up to a girl who is eating lunch and I say. Hey, want to vomit in my mouth? And she says, well you know that kind of turns me on. And I say, well would it bother you if my dad wants to watch? Hell no! Oh, wait, this isn't me! The devil made me do it! Yuch, yuch. For $7 I really get ripped on this and the only saving grace is that it took like 10 authors to slap this together so they each got 70 cents. You guys owe me.
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Craven Place
Craven Place
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved most of it but the ending...hard to stomach, October 7, 2013
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I really enjoyed most of this book and thought for SURE I would give it 5 stars, but the ending was really tough. Ideally I would give 3.5 stars.

Craven Place draws you in right from the start as you are thrust into the plight of a young psychic who is trying to escape its clutches. FIRST, I normally do not like 'psychic' or 'gifted' characters, it is WAY to overdone but I liked the writing early on so I stuck with it and began to like this character. At some point, she meets someone and starts to tell her story, then we learn that the house is a subject of an upcoming book being written by her husband. He has called her to join him for a special evening celebration and although she is already getting very bad feelings from the house, she wants to support him and possibly protect him. When she gets there she find that two more guests have been invited and then, after the husband tells the story of the young girl who was burned as a witch nearby, something really strange happens. One of them vanishes from within the house. This was a page turner for me, I liked the characters, I liked the descriptions of the building and the land and I could really feel the trepidation and psychic attacks felt by the protagonist. This work is part horror and part detective thriller which is pretty intriguing.

I am now going to explain why I am only giving it 3 stars. I will not spoil anything however if you continue to read, it is possible that my complaints about the ending will help you figure out the ending and spoil your enjoyment of the story. So it is up to you. Okay, I didn't like the ending and its not just that I didn't like what happens in the end, I didn't like what was REVEALED in the end. As a reader of a story like this, the author asks us to suspend some belief in order to accept the story. We do that and in return we get a good story. You can't enjoy Dracula if you can't accept the concept of a vampire. So there are two schools of thought in this book: there is the supernatural world of witches and hauntings and spirits on the one hand and the rational world of the skeptic/detective on the other. This author seems to want to embrace them both and it just fails. So its not like I wanted a certain character to live or die that makes me unhappy with the ending. It is when all is revealed (both supernatural and rational), it just makes even less sense than before. If the author is going to punish us for thinking one way, he better be able to put on a better show the other and that didn't work at all. When you read the last chapter and learn it all and then start thinking about what the characters did during the story, it becomes less and less satisfying. If I think any more about it, I might go to 2 stars. One more thing: if you are going to stick us with a single character for most of the work, its common courtesy to let us know what happens afterwords. This author is certainly very talented, but I am not going to try another work because i don't like the hollow disappointment I felt after reading this one.


Cursed Casino
Cursed Casino
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1.0 out of 5 stars One star is enough, September 30, 2013
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I'm giving "Cursed Casino" one star because there was some imagination needed to write this story and the plot did kind of make some sense and the grammar and style were reasonable.

But that's it. I would have thought it was a "first try" at a horror book except this author seems to do alot of them. So I don't know, maybe I just didn't like this. I read a little of Cranson House (or whatever) by the same author and I thought that was much better (though I only read the sample). Anyhow, here are my issues: First the story is pretty silly: a storm destroys a casino full of slot addicts and the people within, but the ghosts of the dead remain dissatisfied (probably because they died before they could hit it big) and want someone to "witness" their tragic story. Along comes a guy and his high school buddies who get exclusive access to the casino on the eve of its reopening. Somehow I thought it was a big group but in the end it seems to be only 5? people who get to party in the fancy casino because one of them was in charge of the refurbishment. They are locked in for the night and cell phones don't work because we all know that is just common policy for all public buildings including casinos. And then the ghosts and demons and whatever start showing up once in a while to make the night exciting. Thankfully one of them starts to figure out what the ghosts want (they want a refund and so do I-hahaha) so she is working to figure that out and end the curse or whatever while everyone else is drinking and partying. The characters are pretty shallow except maybe the heroine who isn't a party girl thank god because party girls can't solve mysteries. Anyhow, don't worry because things have a way of working out for the best and this story is all about feeling like thing happened for the best. Feel-good horror. The ending is unbelievable. Okay, I don't mean that I don't believe it, I mean it was unbelievably bad. Well, let me take some of that back, some people might really like the ending, but I think those are the people who don't really like the horror genre.


Godless
Godless

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much gore, not enough plot, September 26, 2013
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Ideally I would give this 2.5 stars. If you like those old 70's devil movies where the van of college kids stumbles across satanists while driving cross country and no one will help them and there is no where to hide, then its kind of like that. Only much more explicit.

I have nothing against watching the 'good' guys get caught among the satanists and watch the casualties rise but for me there was way too much gore and cannibalism. Also, the involvement of under age kids put me off. Yes, the author gives a strong warning about the content but still. I would have liked more information about what is going on in the cult and how they interact and their politics instead of them just being the blind menace facing the family. The individual members of the family (good guys) are fleshed out reasonably though sometimes I thought there was too much replaying what a character thinks.

Possible spoiler alert on the title.

The title has to do with the impression that many people have that god/God does not help the cause of good and leaves them to fend for themselves. Fine, lets assume that is true, but on the flip side, he is not aiding the evil doers either (or Satan is not). So what is the point? God doesn't help the good nor does he help the evil. If you were an 'evil' person, you would gripe just as much about god's handoff approach as the 'good' guys. I won't spoil it by revealing how it all turns out, but I don't think the 'godless' thing matters.


Night Terrors (Savage Species)
Night Terrors (Savage Species)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I was rooting for the creatures -meh, September 11, 2013
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Okay, this is the first part of what seems to be a five part creaturathon.

PROS: I liked some of the characters (the wife of the jerk and her handyman 'friend' - unfortunately they have only small parts in this first book) and who doesn't enjoy it when drunken jocks and coeds meet blood-thirsty creatures. Plus the author has certainly invented some crazy ways for a creature to off a human.

CONS: I didn't like most of the characters, I thought they were too stereotypical: the 'nice guy' wimp who isn't getting the girl, the beautiful 'smart' girl who is the object of his attention, the macho girl who gets things done, the jerk husband who treats his wife like shit while cheating on her with young codes, the drunken animal house rejects, oh and the creatures who want to eat them all. My BIGGEST peeve with this installment (and with many horror novels and movies) is that the creatures are complete predators and kill people with a swipe of their claw but somehow they can never get their hands on the story protagonists. Its just too much, I was rooting for the creatures just to clean the character slate.

Now if you like straight carnage + teenage emotions, you might like this. It was a little amusing in spots but sorry, I just didn't like it


The Girl from the Blood Coven
The Girl from the Blood Coven
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too short - just ot enough, September 11, 2013
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"The Girl from the Blood Coven" is a prequel and its free and I figured I would read this first before possibly paying for the "The Witching House". I liked some of it but its just so short, unreasonably short I think. A prequel is really a story that takes place before a story, this is more like an excerpt. Yeah, I get that the author put it out to get some interest but even though it was free, I feel ripped off. I was getting into the story and then.. its OVER. Thats it. No more. Oh, I can go buy a new story that is set around the same house, but I feel like if you get me interested in a story and then you won't finish it, then why do I want to read a new story?? I doubt I will, but if I do and it changes my mind, I will update this. As it is, I am giving it 3 stars because there was some potential.


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